Humans face the challenge of dwindling resources. Simons suggests that engineers of the future will be inspired by biologists’ understanding of cells to design efficient high tech solutions. However, he makes a strong argument for a balance with low tech solutions that are simple, efficient and use very little energy.
Kai Simons received his M.D. from the University of Helsinki and pursued postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University in New York. He then returned to the University of Helsinki before moving to the newly formed EMBL in 1975 where he was the coordinator of the Cell Biology Program. In 1998, Simons became a director of the… Continue Reading